Chicago Humanities Festival is announcing an exciting line-up of virtual programs with award-winning writers, groundbreaking scholars, and cultural icons in May.
Renowned speakers include SNL and Happy Endings star Casey Wilson in conversation with writer Jessi Klein and actor Andrew Rannells, graphic memoirist of Fun Home fame Alison Bechdel, Michelle Zauner known by her indie rockstar alias Japanese Breakfast talking to New Yorker's Jia Tolentino, Salamishah Tillet talking about The Color Purple, and the Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig in conversation with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell among many others.
“So many of the questions we’ve been exploring over the past year continue to resonate this spring,” said Alison Cuddy, CHF’s Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director. “We think the range of speakers and subjects we’ve assembled are compelling and provocative, and hope they help us better navigate serious issues like political division, health disparities and economic racism, while also creating space for a bit of relief and reflection - or even joy.”
Following is a complete list of upcoming Chicago Humanities Festival events
All events are virtual and run from 7:00 – 8:00 PM Central
May 6, Salamishah Tillet: In Search of the Color Purple: New York Times’s critic Salamishah Tillet joins WBEZ’s Natalie Moore for a conversation about the ongoing significance of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple
May 11, Alison Bechdel: The Secret to Superhuman Strength: cartoonist and graphic memoirist of Fun Home fame talks life, comics, and her new graphic memoir about her relationship with exercise and fitness
May 12, Casey Wilson in conversation with Jessi Klein and Andrew Rannells: comedian and actress (SNL, Happy Endings) discusses her memoir with writer and comedian Jessi Klein and actor Andrew Rannells
May 19, What’s Next: Health and Equity: doctors and scholars convene to discuss the current state of inequality in our healthcare system and how to make health more equitable
May 20, The Past and Future of Comics: pop culture scholar Dr. Grace D. Gipson and Chicago cartoonist Bianca Zunise talk about the history and future of comic books in Chicago
May 25, Carol Leonnig with Andrea Mitchell on the Rise and Fall of the Secret Service: Washington Post reporter joins with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell to talk about the rise and fall of the secret service and Leonnig’s new book, Zero Fail
May 27, Hate Speech: the third of this three-part series hosted by University of Chicago’s Geoffrey Stone that dives deep into the issue of free speech